Jerry Zgoda missed the entire Kevin Garnett era, but he's back covering the Timberwolves after working the beat for their first four seasons two decades ago. In between, he covered a bit of everything: Gopher men's and women's basketball and NCAA athletics, golf, outdoor recreation, sports media and a little Vikings and Twins.

Finally!: Wolves to introduce Ricky Rubio Tuesday

Posted by: Jerry Zgoda under Wolves draft news, Wolves guards, Wolves players, Wolves news Updated: June 17, 2011 - 9:29 AM

Ricky Rubio has spoken today in Barcelona -- yes, he announced he's headed to Minnesota and the NBA -- and the Timberwolves, after a two-year wait, will introduce him officially Tuesday, presumably at Target Center.

And, hey, you can buy season tickets for next season now for $9 for a pair. That's $387 for the season.

He wears No. 9, get it?

(No, it's not as KFAN's Dan Barreiro tweeted back to me this morning a promotion linked to Rubio's three-point shooting percentage. That'd be a $22 ticket special.)

Here's some of what Rubio had to say at a packed news conference where he said adios to his Regal Barcelona team and his European career that started at age 14.


 "I have finally decided to start the journey...It is my dream and I want to fulfill it. After thinking about it a lot, the time has arrived."

"I think all that I have won here gives me strength to go."

"Individually, I could have done things better, but it is a team sport and we had success. I am going because I feel prepared," Rubio said. "I want to play against the best players in the world."

"It will mean a change of mentality. Perhaps we won't be fighting for the title, but we will have other goals. I am willing to do whatever the team needs to win as many games as possible."

The Wolves released a statement at 6 this morning announcing Rubio's signing to a mutli-year contract. David Kahn said in it, "This is a day our organization and our fans have been eagerly awaiting from the moment we drafted him and I couldn't be more pleased to welcome Ricky to Minnesota."

Kahn will speak to reporters this morning after pre-draft workouts at Target Center.



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